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By Bat Digest
Updated October 1, 2023
The 2022 Slugger Xeno's differentiating feature is the stiffness of the connection, while all other two-piece composite bats in the performance fastpitch space have a flexible connection. If you want a stiffer connection between your barrel and handle on your fastpitch bat, then the Xeno is where you should look. We like the drop 8 and 9 Xeno as some of our favorite power-hitting bats on the market. Big hitters might appreciate the loaded feel and the stiff connection. Smaller hitters who want a lighter swinging bat but a rigid connection should like the Xeno. But, to be sure, most more minor hitters who want bat speed and a soft swing aren't in the mood for a stiff bat. Instead, they tend more towards a bat like the Slugger LXT or Easton Ghost with a more flexible connection. The bat was initially made available only directly on Slugger.com's site. However, some models were since released to a few select dealers.
Our recommendation is for the Xeno drop 8 and 9 to be in the bag of most heavy hitters who want a stiff connection or, at least, a different feeling bat than their drop 8 Easton Ghost Advanced or Rawlings Mantra. If you wish to drop 10 or 11, we think you'll appreciate the bat's durability and the more endloaded feel.
There are no considerable changes in the 2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno compared to the 2021 version of the bat. The Xeno from Slugger has not changed in several years. If you can find an older one for cheap then don't hesitate.
The 2022 Louisville Slugger Xeno is a two-piece composite bat built with foam and ring technology that helps slow impacts perform at peak levels while allowing the bat to pass the certification test. The bat has not changed much over the years, which is a good thing.
(From Louisville Slugger's Writeup) A bat built to run this game. Just like you. Introducing the 2022 Xeno Fastpitch Bat from Louisville Slugger. Stronger players who love a stiffer feel and connection love our two-piece IST Technology and the Dual-Disc S1ID™ Performance Composite Barrel that’s game-ready as soon as you step to the plate. The X-CAP End Cap and standard fastpitch grip helps deliver improved performance and feel on every swing. The 2022 Xeno Fastpitch Bat is available exclusively on slugger.com.